Hi all, welcome back!
Today, I’m consulting with the beauty junkie in me and creating a short, though hopefully insightful post about henna for hair.
While in England, a friend told me that since using henna, she noticed many improvements to her hair, all naturally.
Natural, you say? This is important to me, because I’m always looking for certified organic products that A) don’t secretly harm my body with oddly named chemicals, and B) do NOT test on animals.
So, how has henna helped your hair? was my first question. Her response?
By applying it once every month, it deep conditions my hair by adding some much needed moisture-especially during the cold months. It thickens the individual hair strands, and even colors my hair.
It does all this without any chemical properties? I was intrigued. Naturally, my next question had to be, Where do you get your henna?
I was more than delighted by her response because Lush strongly promotes cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries, which means I promote Lush. Lush does not believe that animals need to suffer for a person to benefit. Simply put, animal testing is wrong, and Lush sees the callousness behind it.
Is it any surprise that I headed over to Lush and purchased a block of henna?
From the start, I loved it’s earthy fragrance. But it was a hard block! How do I use it? The workers at Lush reassured me that it’s an easy DIY application, and now I’ll pass on the deets to you:
Start off with your henna brick.
Take a sharp knife and cut off one square. The ladies at Lush told me one block will suffice, but if your hair is either long or thick, cut off two for good measure.
Grate the square into a heat proof bowl.
Now make a cup of black tea. Don’t drink it, this is going into your henna. You can also use a cup of hot water if you prefer, but tea offers wonderful benefits to your hair, so don’t shy away from using it.
Set a pot of water onto the stove. When the water boils, place the heat proof bowl over the pot and let the steam do it’s thing, creating a lump-free consistency. Like so…
- Apply henna through hair with a pair of gloves.
- Slap on a shower cap and leave the henna in overnight (I also add a towel to keep the henna from dripping, leaking, or anything that stains my clothes)
- Next morning, wash out the henna with the help of a cheap conditioner
- Apply a better conditioner in for 5 or so minutes. Rinse.
Voila! Your hair has been henna’d.
If you do this a couple times a month, you’ll notice the benefits faster. It gets better with every application, but don’t overdo it because it may dry out your hair.
If you have any henna left over, simply seal the bowl with cling wrap and stick it in the freezer. It gets more potent this way, and when you thaw it, the viscosity becomes thicker and easier to apply. Bonus!
Side note: I wasn’t paid by Lush to advertise their cruelty-free agenda, I’m simply a strong supporter of this company and what they stand for. If you are too and you would like to make a small difference, jump over to their site and sign their petition. It’s great when such a small act can make a tremendous difference.